Hello. I haven’t been formally diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria but have all the described symptoms, with the exception that my hives are never raised (they appear, but as dots under my skin). I have seen a dermatologist, neurologist, and an allergist, and no one has had an answer.
The dermatologist said it’s neurological, neurologist said it is dermatology that should see me, and the allergist said that I’m experiencing food intolerances. All of my symptoms, including reduced sweat, started the day after I had carpal tunnel surgery.
My hives never itch but are intensely painful stinging/burning. Literally the day before surgery I was sweating a lot as usual doing things around the house. I literally on a daily basis would sweat from my head, through my shirt, socks, etc., and now go weeks between any sweat at all.
I started the diet, did it for just under 4 weeks, and saw no improvement. Neurologist said it wasn’t related to my diet then, and I went back to eating everything and noticed I can no longer eat things I use to eat daily: ketchup, mustard, Italian dressing, pizza, without my head stinging.
My hives got significantly worse, and I went back on the diet. The hives calmed down but only to the level they were before, and it’s been three weeks again. My thought was a diet won’t cause mine to stop but it can definitely make it worse if I eat certain foods.
Any suggestions or thoughts? When should I try to reintroduce foods and how long would it take to know something is safe? Any reply is appreciated.